I found another fun Christmas picture book to share with everyone. It is called The Night Before The Night Before Christmas by Jay Dee and illustrated by Darren Geers. As an added bonus, the author is offering a signed copy to one lucky winner! Just fill out the rafflecopter form to enter.
The overall story of the book is very endearing. We have Elfie, one of Santa's elves, working really hard on a present. He is spending so much time on making the gift perfect that the head elf, Nathan, starts getting upset. But, Elfie won't give up, and when Santa comes to inspect his workshop, Elfie is still fussing over his toy train. Nathan is worried Santa will be mad, but it turns out Santa asked Elfie to work on this particular gift and make it perfect. All the elves wonder why this one present needs to be perfect, and Santa tells them that it is for a very special boy, the baby Jesus.
I really think the illustrations are fabulous. The first time I looked at the cover I was taken in by the adorableness of Elfie painting the train. The rest of the illustrations followed suit. I loved the boldness of color, the different viewing perspectives and the awesomeness of the elves. Their big eyes just add that special something.
The concept behind the whole story is precious and reminds me of The Little Drummer Boy. The thing that did bother me was the timeline. If this is the night before the night before Christ is born, then how did Santa already exist? And why would they be making baby Jesus a train when he was born at the time of donkeys for transportation? But, I do like how the author tried to connect the commercial thinking of Christmas to the spiritual side. It's nice to have a book that let's children connect Jesus with the modern day giving of gifts. 3.5 Stars!
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